Netflix’s The Boys in the Band
If you haven’t seen either the play or the original movie, The Boys in the Band, you can still definitely watch and enjoy the new Netflix version. I’ve seen the play, the original movie, and the newest version and I love them all. For me, this is more than just a gay movie. This is gay culture and gay history at it’s finest.
Of course, it’s dark, but that’s what life was like for gay men back during that time period. I have so many older gay male friends who tell me stories about what it was like for them when they were young, and none of the stories are ever happy. That didn’t stop gay men from making their own brand of happiness, but there was also so much shame, self-loathing, and guilt that it often consumed gay men. And this story, The Boys in the Band, shows a lot of that in some very powerful ways. I don’t think I’m exaggerating.
At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.
Here’s more at IMDb. There’s a wonderful cast, and Matt Bomer took a part that really wasn’t all that thrilling and he made it spectacular.